by Mark Gibson on February 23, 2007

in Bands - S

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Adelaide band The Stars first came to prominence with Quick on the Draw produced by Beeb Birtles in 1976. Beeb along with rest of Little River Band were impressed with the Adelaide band and brought tapes back to Melbourne where they scored a contract with Mushroom records. The band sported a “cowboy” look wearing boots, checked shirts and cowboy hats. The band consisted of Mick Pealing (vocals), Mal Eastick (guitar), Glyn Dowding (drums) and Graham Thompson (bass).

After the success of their first single they added Andy Durant as a second guitarist. In 1977 they toured with Joe Cocker and in 1978, The Beach Boys and Linda Ronstadt.

Although not a teen band in the mould of Sherbet or Hush, The Stars appeared regularly on Countdown and scored a top 30 hit with the Andy Durant song “Mighty rock”.

Andy Durant died on 6 May 1980 aged 25. Later that year Stars guitarist Mal Eastick organised the Andrew Durant memorial concert in Melbourne. The concert featured Stars, Jimmy Barnes, Rene Geyer, Richard Clapton and many more. The profits from the concert and sale of the double album went to The Andrew Durant Cancer Research Centre.



  • Glyn Dowding – Drums
  • Andrew Durant – Guitar
  • Malcolm Eastick -Guitar
  • Mick Elliot – Guitar
  • J.J. Hackett – Drums
  • Michael Hegerty – Bass
  • Ian McDonald – Bass
  • Roger McLachlan – Bass
  • Mick Pealing – Vocals
  • Graham Thompson- Bass


Videos of the Stars

Quick On The Draw - 1976

Look After Yourself - 1977

Mighty Rock - 1977

Known Gigs

Date City Venue
31/10/76 Moore Park (NSW) Sydney Showground
12/02/78 Sydney Sydney Opera House
07/05/78 Bondi Junction Bondi Lifesaver
10/06/79 Blacktown Blacktown Showground
18/10/79 Melbourne Bombay Rock

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1 Greg Treleven November 6, 2009 at 8:54 pm

Why isn’t there any Stars CDs available besides the Andrew Durant concert ?


2 david October 14, 2010 at 8:06 pm

I have Paradise and Land Of Fortune on CD but I bought them about 15 years ago.


3 marilyn zonneveld January 9, 2013 at 12:17 am

i still have the original video i recorded from tv in 1981.


4 Peter Gallagher January 24, 2011 at 10:32 pm

I bought Paradise and Land of Fortune on CD some time in the last 10 years when Mushroom were releasing the ‘Masters’ albums


5 Simon Mac April 30, 2011 at 5:32 pm

The story I heard was when Lachlan Murdoch took over Mushroom Records all the Stars (then on MDS distribution ) CDs were taken back to mushroom for re-packaging under the Mushroom Label and like many other australian acts they never bothered to re-release after the recall, I myself have been chasing the CDs as I only have the recordings on cassette (remember them?).
Hope this is of some help?


6 Pete James October 18, 2011 at 1:08 pm

The long wait is over Greg. Warners Australia have re-released Paradise and Land Of Fortune to CD. Bought my copies at JB HiFi 2day….


7 Mark Gibson November 9, 2009 at 9:15 am

I don’t know Greg, you’d probably have to chase up the record company. It’s a familiar story. There are so many great Aussie albums that were originally on vinyl that have simply never made it to CD and have dissappeared. It’s sad really.

I know some bands are re-releasing their own old albums digitally but far too few.


8 clark valler December 3, 2009 at 6:20 pm

can you give me a lead to where i can get the cd for the andrew durant memorial concert?


9 Peter Gallagher January 24, 2011 at 10:33 pm

I purchased a copy through ‘Ozmusic Online’. He sourced it for me. I have found him to be very reliable.


10 Simon Mac April 30, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Sanity on “special order”


11 Fran December 8, 2009 at 2:47 pm

The Andy Durant memorial Concert is available on DVD. I purchased a copy at J.B. Hi Fi.


12 Anthony Smith April 27, 2011 at 10:14 am

I just bought it also from JB Hi-Fi, and it comes with a bonus DVD of the Stars Live at the Bombay Rock Festival. It’s a brilliant double DVD and a must have for all Stars fans. I was talking to a mate on the weekend about it and he has dug out the Paradise and Land of Fortune albums on vinyl. His wife is bringing them over on Friday. Can’t wait !!


13 Ian Fleming December 18, 2009 at 10:46 am

Hi Greg,
I Googled Stars and the results were 3 albums. Paradise, Land of Fortune and 1157 plus the Memorial Concert. I also recall seeing a “two albums on one disc” package some years ago and regret not purchasing it when i had the chance. Has anybody got a copy of this?


14 Steve February 2, 2010 at 11:32 am

Paradise, Land of Fortune, 1157 and Andrew Durant memorial Concert were all released on CD in the early 90s – I have them all.

They were, however, an incredibly limited release and extremely difficult to find.

After 16 years of hunting, I finally scored my Land of Fortune last week.

And yes, the memorial concert has now been released on DVD, with a live Stars show as the bonus DVD.

The version of Rocky Mountain Way from the Paradise album (in a more complete form) has been released on the Nightmoves DVD.




15 Trapper Murray February 5, 2010 at 9:06 am

I had a tape of ” Paradise ” many years ago , looked high and low trying to find a CD of it no luck as yet ,really good stuff on this. Found a clip on Utube of Broderick Smith & friends singing “Ocean Deep” at the memorial concert , just briliiant ,tears in me eyes .As soon as i,m near JB Hi fi im grabbing that DVD !!


16 Liam June 20, 2013 at 9:03 am


I would also suggest you grab a copy of Mal Eastick’s Southern Line album. A great version of Ocean Deep on that one.


17 Barry Loadsman February 20, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Steve, I had “Paradise” on CD and I have the slick but ive lost the disc. I am prepared to pay for a burnt copy. Any chance?


18 Chris February 22, 2010 at 12:48 am

Hey Glyn you loook hell cool bud…. Nah seriously you guys look like the beatles… Rock on.


19 Harry February 22, 2010 at 10:24 pm

Still reckon the ‘Stars’ version of ‘Rocky mountain way’ is the best I’ve ever heard


20 Terry Hines February 23, 2010 at 10:15 pm

I have been trying to get the 3 albums for years with no luck at all.
Like Barry I would be prepared to part with some $’s to have them.


21 Tiger March 1, 2010 at 6:24 pm

Same deal, tried digitising my albums to CDs but quality just not right.
Would sell my soul for copies of the 90’s cd releases. Even tried Mel Eastick & Mick Pealings Web sites to get info, but no replies.
If someone can help would be great!


22 Dave O'Sullivan March 2, 2010 at 10:45 am

If you have vinyl copies of the albums you can get them cleaned up and converted to CD at…just had all mine done and a fantastic result, only $20 per LP


23 Jeremy March 8, 2010 at 4:38 pm

All of the Stars albums are available to download in FLAC (lossless format) at


24 John September 14, 2010 at 8:10 pm

jeremy can you helpme, I went to the web site you suggested & you need an invitation to access this site. can you help with that.
Thanks John.


25 Anthony Smith April 27, 2011 at 10:18 am

This link is now dead.


26 Don March 10, 2010 at 8:18 am

I had a chat with Mal Eastick at a gig a few years ago regarding the Stars albums. I can’t remember the detail but he cited the record company as being at fault and he wasn’t happy about the situation.


27 Steve March 19, 2010 at 10:37 pm

I’d like to buy (hope that’s not a dirty word any more…) the sheet music just for ‘Ocean Deep’.

Are there any decent online Aussie sites that sell sheet music, or are we still being ham-strung by retarded laws and ham-strung by ‘licensing’ being in the hands of ‘the few’ who couldn’t give a rat’s, like pretty much everything else?


28 garry eccles April 19, 2010 at 11:20 pm

HI there .I agree yes I agree with Mark Gibson comment about stars on cd
but really why don’t they release a best of stars on cd /over the years
I have looked so many times but no best of


29 Anne May 6, 2010 at 9:21 pm

just purchased the Andrew Durant Memorial Concert DVD – playing it for the first time tonight only to discover today is the 30th anniversary of the man’s death – May 6, 1980. I feel very honoured for the coincidence – May he rest in peace.


30 Janine Sayer September 20, 2010 at 9:51 pm

hey guys, I have Paradise on cd and would be happy to burn for whoever wants it.


31 Kev Collins November 29, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Would so love a CD copy of paradise willing to cover any cost required.Concert with stars & Joe Cocker is where I met my wife some 30 years ago.Means so much I loved this band,evan my kids loved it untill my tape failed years ago,Have tried for years to find a CD to no avail.Please email me
Many Thanks


32 Anne February 12, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Hey Kev, I also went to the Joe Cocker concert at the Palais where I saw Stars for the first time and absolutely loved their music. How special for you that you met your wife there. Good memories all round!!


33 Anthony Smith March 27, 2011 at 11:06 pm

Hi Janine. I would love a burnt copy of the Paradise album if you would be so kind. I had a copy on cassette years ago but it perished. What a great album. I would be happy to pay all associated costs for CD, postage etc. Please E-mail me at Regards. Anthony.


34 Terry Johinke September 20, 2010 at 10:03 pm

Played with Andy before Stars in an experimental band with Paul Mattingley. guitar, and my brother, Peter, on drums. Was terribly saddened by his death he was only 1 year older than me when he passed. I still love the Stars songs and believe them and Clapton (Richard), Kerryn Tollhurst and Stars would’ve made country /rock the real Aussie music -it deserves a much bigger place in our musical heritage.


35 wayne byrnes September 28, 2010 at 4:02 pm

i,m looking for 1157 by stars,can anybody out there help please.


36 Anthony Smith March 27, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Hi Wayne. I have a copy of 1157 on vinyl. My wife bought me a record player recently which supposedly will convert from vinyl directly to .mp3. If I can get it up and running I will burn you a copy. It’s a pretty good album from memory. Been a while since I have played it.


37 keith davis September 29, 2010 at 8:36 pm

I was recently informed of a rare STARS single that I can remember vaugely hearing.
I think it was titled “winning hand “, can anyone please verify this song’s existence
Thank you


38 wayne byrnes October 3, 2010 at 2:36 pm

with a winning hand was released on a single in 1976.


39 Annie October 12, 2010 at 8:51 pm

Hello all
I don’t want the DVD just a copy of the a
AD Memorial Concert CD and am happy to send $ if someone can supply. Was introduced to this magic music in the 80s by a special brother who’s also not with us any more and I’d dearly love to hear Ocean Deep and that amazing rendition of Knockin on Heavens Door again …..


40 wayne byrnes December 15, 2010 at 7:49 pm

annie,i could burn you a copy of that cd if you havent got it yet,send your adress to my email adress if your still after it.


41 dazza October 16, 2010 at 3:55 pm

Did they have a song called quick on the draw


42 AB October 18, 2010 at 11:56 pm

lol…..I have all cd’s albums DVD’s of STARS stuff as well as being a friend of Mick and Mal… will cost you a million dollars for a copy of my stuff … I had to search high and low for all their recordings,… the gig that came with the new version of the memorial concert was from Bombay rock in Melbourne in 1979 for the release of Land of Fortune album….Renee Geyer also played that night as the headline act (go figure) with Tommy Emmanuel on guitar, I used to have an audio tape recorded off 3RRR in melb as the first ever radio simulcast on FM radio and on channel 7 Nightmoves with Lee Simon in Melbourne of both bands until some bastards stole my car !!….I had to wait 25 years for this to be released on dvd
and YES Dazza they did have a single called Quick on the draw as well as Winning Hand but neither were ever released on Album…..pity as they were cracker songs but HOORAY for You Tube eh !!…….I also have an audio of the Andy D memorial that was also simulcast on EON FM and channel 7 with extended interviews and commentary from most of the artists from that gig ….I also was there and still have the ticket and photos to prove it !!.


43 jc July 31, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Mate i hear wot u say about ..STARS..i used 2 see them live in the pubs…mainly @ the LONDEN TAVERN in caulfield..i always thought they were great..and still do..!!!
I had the vinyl of PARADISE …I think the best they did ..Like a DICKHEAD I loaned it 2 someone & didn’t get it back…I have been searching 4 years to find it …either on vinyl or CD …can u help me….PPPLLEEEEAASSSSSSE


44 john December 3, 2010 at 4:10 am

Great band,the first record i ever bought was land of fortune….got it at a s/hand record shop that i used to checkout daily walking home from school,had to hide it behind some other records till i saved up enough coin for it.Great band.


45 dazza December 28, 2010 at 9:33 am

Saw a clip of Sam Brown singing at a train station in the rain in England.The bloke on harmonica looks like Mick Pealing and theres a guy with a stars t shirt on.Any info


46 davo January 2, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Is there any sheet music going around for their songs?I love their music,great listening,would like to play the music for personal use. Cheers


47 Allen Trevena January 9, 2011 at 10:58 am

Why don’t I tunes have the stars for download?


48 Macca January 15, 2011 at 11:56 pm

go to this web site and you can download the Paradise Album and 1157 Im still trying to find the Land of Fortune Album


49 Allen Trevena January 23, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Nope it been removed.
Come on Mushroom, put it up on Itunes, at least the surviving band memers or the family of those passed will get a deserved kickback, and we get to listen to a great austrailian band.


50 I am Martin February 10, 2011 at 7:48 pm

The Andrew Durant memorial concert was on constant play on our turntable when I was a kid. I’ve got it on CD and vinyl… but the score of the day was yesterday when I picked up ‘Paradise’ for a measly $5- in a Melbourne record store. The sadness of it is that to me this record is worth a great deal more, and will be cherished from now till forever. What a classic piece of Australian music that was so very underated, and unappreciated by those not in the know. But a sheer blessing for the ears of those that are. THANKYOU.


51 Sue Konon February 11, 2011 at 1:52 pm

You do know it was released on DVD don’t you? :) For anyone that is interested you can purcahse it here


52 Gruntrat February 12, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Stars albums are available for dowload on the following site….


53 Peter of sunshine coast February 19, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Does anyone have an update on how to get CDs


54 Gruntrat February 20, 2011 at 3:25 pm

they are no longer available


55 Wazza April 15, 2011 at 8:51 pm

I think land of fortune is one of the best aussie albums ever made!! I want last of the riverboats played at my funeral!! Has anyone got sheet music/tab for this song… email me link me to it –anything. Ive tried to workout the picking at the lead inn from the andy durant concert video but due to no close ups it was futile. Anyone that can help me pleeeeeease do– this is a thirty year periodic obsession that is on my bucket list and time is growing shorter every day.


56 Anthony Smith April 17, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Totally agree Wazza. Land of Fortune is a cracker album. For the music for Last of the Riverboats I would suggest contacting Mal Eastic direct. He played a gig recently in Windsor but I couldn’t make it. He did a tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughn – one of my guitar heroes. Mal would have been brilliant I’m sure.


57 Billy April 26, 2011 at 3:00 am

What-ever happened to Bonney Sheldrick


58 Wal June 1, 2011 at 9:49 am

What a travesty that so many Oz artists/bands are not available through the various multi national corporations. I am chasing any disc copies of the Stars studio albums if anyone can share the music, as it appears the stupidy of record companies has deprived us music fans of brilliant music-and we are prepared to pay for the music. Cheers


59 Macca June 1, 2011 at 3:06 pm on this site you will find Stars Paradise and 1157 Albums my cassettes worn out ages ago and being a huge Stars fan I couldnt find any shops that sold stars Albums but also just recently I have just bougght from JB hi Fi Stars Live at the Bombay Rock and The Andrew Durant Concert


60 Wal June 2, 2011 at 9:05 am

Thanks Macca

I tried to navigate through the link and could not find the relevant files. If you have any disc copies would be greatful if could assist. Can forward an email address and happy to compensate for your time.



61 Macca June 2, 2011 at 8:13 pm

ok Wal send me an email and I can organise the CD’s for you


62 Wal June 2, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Thanks Macca
Will sort postage etc for you



63 Wal August 2, 2011 at 6:25 pm


Happy to assist if I can-thanks to Macca



64 Vin September 9, 2011 at 12:25 am

The staff at Red Eye Records in Sydney told me in August 2011 that The Stars albums are about to get a re-release.


65 Michael Hillier October 3, 2011 at 12:35 am

Paradise and Land of Fortune have been re-released by Warner Music, I bought both a monthh ago from Rev Records in Adelaide, a great shop to get old releases


66 Anthony October 4, 2011 at 7:40 am

That’s awesome. What is the sound quality like? Have the albums been re-mastered?


67 scott Hawkins January 29, 2012 at 8:15 pm



68 Bill Sanderson October 5, 2012 at 10:36 pm

I remember snatches of the opera house concert in 1978..Finch, Stars & Rabbit I think if a seriously abused memory still serves me well. I agree that Stars cranked out some of the best gear around in those days


69 David November 1, 2012 at 6:33 am

All the Stars albums are now available on itunes


70 Mark Gibson November 1, 2012 at 7:20 am

Brilliant news! Thanks.


71 Tezza December 22, 2012 at 5:14 am

Still got the vinyls of the Stars and they play ok – Mighty Rock still a favourite.
Sat next to Andy in 3rd year at Brighton High in 69 with Glyn and I can remember Jim Keys was the Science assistant for a while that year. Such a waste to leave us so early in life.


72 Bandit January 20, 2013 at 11:48 am

Love my Stars & Mal Eastick albums & DVDs. Always good value live & too under-rated. cu when ur back in Sydney Mal.cheers


73 BANJO April 13, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Great to see more than a passing interest in this Aussie Band & Andrew Durant well into the 21stC now…………..the original Memorial Concert via VHS Tape & now on DVD stills sends shivers done my spine at times – particularly Richard Clapton & Brod Smith with Andrew’s Songs

Congratulations on this WEBSITE & your Efforts.
We need interests like this to look after our Aussie Artists & Shows including more TV Docs/Music like ROCKWIZ & WROKDOWN


74 Phil May 6, 2014 at 5:09 pm

34 years today that we lost one of the very best song writers in Australia Andy Durant
He may be gone but hes music will last forever ..Look After yourself RIP Andy


75 jacqui April 11, 2015 at 9:47 pm

I spent a lot of time with these guys while they were progressing and transitioning from Nantucket to STARS in the mid 70’s, Mick, Mal, Glyn and Andy were such gentlemen. My best friend was Mal’s brother, Rob’s girlfriend, who managed sound control. I have the best memories of their music at the Gouger Hotel dancing to Free, Bad Company, Deep Purple etc. I have very fond memories of those days and the guy. I will never let go of that past where Australian music rocked!


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